September 11, 2005 Subject:
Don't Forget to Take the Address of the Fire with You!
This 30s training film for firefighters goes over the basic things the head of a company needs to go over before going to a fire, in order to ensure that things go smoothly and efficiently. It gives a fascinating look at the firefighting practices of its time. And there is something appealingly dorky about the narrator that I cant quite put my finger on, giving the film some camp value. If youre a fan of firefighters or firefighting equipment, this is your film. Even if youre not, the narrator makes it fun.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
February 10, 2005 Subject:
"Are you sure house moving activities are not blocking your way of travel?"
Movie that looks suspiciously like it was made for voluntary fire departments, as some of the tips given are waaaaay too elementary for the average city fireman (Don't forget to take the address of where you're going!) Narrated by a laughably bad acting "Fire Official" who's hat is crooked and assumes odd sitting positions, spurts out that firemen may be called to different situations, and may face different problems on getting there... like traffic! Gee whillakers!